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Debbie Evans won the first borough seat for UKIP in Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward

Elections success for the Greens and UKIP

It's celebration time for the Greens in Solihull after the party moved into official opposition by winning three seats from Labour.

Lorely Burt

It's all in the name, says Solihull MP Lorely Burt

SOLIHULL Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has secured assurances that Solihull’s position as a top centre for business is safe.

Solihull Council

Solihull Council continues gypsy site provision process

Plans to allocate gypsy and traveller sites in the borough have been given the thumbs up by Solihull councillors

Regular In Bloom winner Solihull tarmacs local roundabout to cut costs\n

A HORTICULTURAL society has slammed Solihull Council’s cost-cutting decision to tarmac over a Shirley roundabout.

Bypass plans through Berkswell thrown out by local councillors.

UNPOPULAR plans for a bypass through parts of Balsall Common and Berkswell - believed to date back to the 1960s - have been officially thrown out by parish councillors.

SOLIHULL councillors have raised concerns about schools being handed back responsibility for careers advice – amid fears that vocational qualifications may be overlooked by staff who want to see more students go to university.

As part of the Education Act 2011, schools took over responsibility for providing independent careers advice from local authorities in September, although Connexions centres will continue to support vulnerable young people.

A COUNCILLOR has warned ‘confusing’ new legislation, allowing community groups to buy local facilities, could land cash-strapped Solihull Council with a bill it can’t afford.

Under the Localism Act, which came into effect in September, residents can designate sites such as pubs, village shops, swimming pools or allotments, as being of ‘community value’.

Development granted at local eyesore after residents' support

A SITE left to go to wrack and ruin in the heart of Balsall Common is to be redeveloped.

New chair brings new hope to Balsall Parish

A NEW era for Balsall Parish Council has been promised as Coun Ian Hedley takes over as chairman.

Conservatives retain control of Solihull but the day belongs to the Greens and Independents

THE Conservatives have retained control of Solihull Council but it was the smaller parties who had most to smile about in the borough after the local elections.

SOLIHULL’S planning committee have imposed a £284,744 levy on newly-approved plans for sheltered apartments in Shirley.

Six former police homes on Stratford Road will be demolished to make way for 33 new retirement flats after McCarthy and Stone’s application was approved at committee last Wednesday (April 4).

SOLIHULL Green Party have been accused of playing political games after announcing they would not contest seats in three council wards at next month’s local elections.

Former Liberal Democrat turned Green councillor for Shirley West, Howard Allen, will be the only member of his party standing for election in the Shirley area, he says this is in order to hold the Conservatives to account over Parkgate.

Cash windfal laims to boost\nlocal business\n

SMALL and medium-sized businesses could go to Solihull Council for financial help under plans to set up a £1m loan fund.

Boundary shake-up ‘absolutely barmy’

CARVING up the borough - so it’s represented by four MPs - will cause immense confusion, councillors have said.

Triumphant Tories in housing pledge

A FULL review of plans to build housing estates on green belt land has been pledged by Solihull’s new Conservative administration.

Ken Meeson

'It's a landslide' as Tories sweep back into power in Solihull

The Conservatives are back in power in Solihull after the ruling Liberal Democrat/Labour Coalition were dealt a hammer-blow in the local elections

Led by the people

AHEAD of next month’s local elections, the Solihull News speaks to Lib Dem group leader Councillor Ian Hedley.

Bill has ‘grave risks’

RADICAL plans – which could allow local people to take over council services – have received a luke-warm reception in Solihull.

'Last resort' to aid north Solihull regeneration

SOLIHULL Council is set to borrow up to £30m to plug a hole in the finances of the north Solihull regeneration.

CABs escape funding axe

SOLIHULL’S three Citizens Advice Bureaux will not face any financial cuts - as council bosses praise the positive role they play in the community.


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